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September 24th, 2015

Candidates' Secret Service code names, ranked

    Towards the end of Wednesday's second Republican debate, as the plot began wrapping up but before the Eagles came to bear us up and away from Mount Doom (Mount Doom is presently situated at the Reagan Library, in front of a large, photogenic plane) a question was posed that will give most right-thinking viewers (and some left-thinking viewers) nightmares for weeks to come.

    It was: What Secret Service code name would you choose for yourself?

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At Debate, Republicans Talk the Talk

    Our national attention span is ... short. The Republican presidential primary debate on Wednesday was ... long. Really, if you throw in the earlier loser debate, it was the longest ever. 

    The Lincoln-Douglas debates would go on for three hours. But that was back when in many towns, the most exciting public activity of the year was pole-raising.

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Why the GOP still fails with minority voters

    Donald Trump recently tweeted his gratitude for a huge surge -- Hyooj! Hyooj! -- in his black and Hispanic support that, it turned out, did not quite exist.

    "A great honor to receive polling numbers like these," Trump tweeted on Sept. 8. "Record setting African-American (25 percent) and Hispanic numbers (31 percent)."

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When Crime Pays: J&J’s Drug Risperdal

    Risperdal is a billion-dollar antipsychotic medicine with real benefits — and a few unfortunate side effects.

    It can cause strokes among the elderly. And it can cause boys to grow large, pendulous breasts; one boy developed a 46DD bust.

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Trump riding high coming into the CNN debate

    The big question going into the second Republican presidential debate, aired by CNN from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, is whether Donald Trump's rivals will try to burst his balloon. Or he will heighten his scorched-earth campaign strategy that already has the once-staid GOP in flames?

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The Insult Generator

    It’s apology season on the campaign trail.

    After months of botched damage control, Hillary Clinton did what she needed to do when her bureaucratic scandal first erupted. The leading Democratic presidential candidate said she was sorry she didn’t use an official government email account when she led the State Department.

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The GOP Agenda (Or Lack Thereof)

    To hear Republican presidential candidates tell it, you’d think the most important issue facing the nation is Hillary Clinton’s old emails.

    Not climate change, not the growing gap between the filthy rich and the deserving poor, and not our crumbling roads, declining schools, or tattered justice system — just Hillary’s emails.

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Republicans Talk the Talk

    Our national attention span is ... short. Perhaps we were destined to have 11-person presidential primary debates simply because we have lost our capacity to listen to anybody for more than two minutes.

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Populist panderers make their pitches

    The rise of Donald Trump in the Republican presidential contest and Bernie Sanders on the Democratic side represents a stunning political development: Populist insurgencies now threaten the "establishments" of both major parties.

    For all this situation's apparent novelty, both men have succeeded so far due partly to the world's least original political tactic: pandering to the elderly.

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Mitch McConnell’s War on Iran — and Boeing?

    Republicans in Congress may have failed to stop the landmark nuclear accord with Iran, but that doesn’t mean they’ve finished bloviating.

    As the news came in that President Barack Obama had secured enough votes to override any objections to the deal from Congress, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell vowed to re-impose any sanctions the deal lifts.

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